“ramen” in Korean = “ramyeon” or “ramyun”
With my (Korean 101 for foodies) alphabet series, I’m going to try something a little different. It had been suggested to me by SS, who by the way, is an avid read of my blog, that I break the usual alphabet tutorial post down into two different posts. So the alphabet tutorials, which I am currently covering in my blog, would solely cover the tutorials. The background info about the food and other things would be covered in a separate post (like this one). Please let me know if this way is better or if you prefer the other way that I’ve been doing. Your feedback is invaluable.
We are at the letter “ㄹ” right now in the Korean alphabet. And you know what starts with ㄹ? 라면 (ramyeon). Korean lesson on that to be continued in Part 2, tomorrow!
South Korea is a huge ramyeon loving country. I think the ones that we see at the ramyeon aisles at the Korean markets here in the States is just a fair percentage of the brands that make it here.
I, honestly, don’t love ramyeon….well, not usually anyway. The only time I might love it might be in really cold and snowy weather somewhere like on my recent Big Bear trip. You know what else might make me crave ramyeon?
Mukbang = eating show
For the past year or so, I’ve been hooked on watching mukbangs. When watching Kdramas, the eating scenes always made me hungry and crave whatever they were having. And now, there are YouTube channels that focus on just that, eating! The concept of mukbang started in S. Korea and has revolutionized into what people all over the world began doing, not just for fun but as a stream of income. They eat on camera for a living!!
But when I check out some of the newer mukbangers, it seems like they don’t understand that whole mukbang mentality and are even doing it all wrong. The point of mukbang is to make the audience feel like they’re going to just die if they don’t have what you’re having (like the mukbangers below).
I swear, these are some of my favorite mukbang videos that had me, a non ramyeon lover craving ramyeon.
She’s a vegan mukbanger and also one of my favorites. I’m not vegan, obviously. But I love her channel. She’s like someone you’d want to be BFF’s with, a girl that’s got your back kind of woman. Her kids are often featured in the videos, running around and trying to steal her food. She’s got four of them!
I discovered her when I was searching for kimchi jjigae mukbang. She’s like a sweet girl next door type of gal. She said she likes to eat spicy things like spicy ramyeon when she’s stressed.
I understand that she’s one of the first to do mukbang in the U.S. and to do so in English. But she’s one of the mukbangers that I didn’t discover until later. She’s awesome.
I like her. She’s so in-your-face and someone you would not want to mess with. I remember this one time, she and her husband were eating KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) chicken….and I literally felt like I was going to die and suffer if I didn’t go get some chicken. And it was around one or two in the morning when I was watching it. The next day, I found myself going out to go get me some chicken.
This fire noodle video was the first video that I saw of hers. Seriously, where does it all go? She must have fabulous metabolic genes.
The mukbang world is insane. This article (published last year) talks about how people in S. Korea are making $10k month to eat in front of the camera.
The mukbang phenomenon apparently has expanded all over the globe. People all over the world are now doing mukbangs. I remember scrolling through YouTube to find mukbang thumbnails of people of different race. I clicked on a couple and I was blown away at how quickly the mukbang concept has caught on fire with the rest of the world.
There are some differences in the mukbang culture among S. Koreans and everyone else. When I started watching mukbangs, it seems like what made the videos stand out was that they often had food for ten people. And what kind of made me curious to keep watching would be to watch a 90 pound looking girl eating seven packs of ramyeon or something. It’s like…dang can she really finish all that? Let’s see if she barfs at the end…..and then I got curious to watch more….I discovered new and more channels and kept tuning in. And I’d find myself salivating and running out the next day to go get me some of what the mukbangers were having.
I like mukbangs where they do story time. You get hungry and curious as you watch.
……more on ramyeon to be continued tomorrow in the tutorial post…..